Healthier Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

This version of the classic Chinese takeout dish is made healthier thanks to sautéed lean pork tenderloin instead of deep-fried, and a master stir fry sauce sweetened with balsamic vinegar and honey.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 452 kcal


For the Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • 1 cup Master Sti- Fry Sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey

For the master stir-fry sauce:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch **(see note below)

For the pork:

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or grated
  • 1 2-inch piece of ginger peeled and grated
  • 1/2 red bell pepper seeded and cut into strips
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper seeded and cut into strips
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper seeded and cut into strips
  • 1 heaving cup fresh pineapple cut into bite-size pieces
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Brown rice for serving optional


Make the Master Stir-Fry Sauce:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl or jar with a lid. Whisk well for the honey and cornstarch to thoroughly dissolve or shake well if using a jar with a lid.

Make the Sweet and Sour Pork:

  1. Thinly slice the pork tenderloin into 1/4-inch rounds.
  2. For the sweet and sour sauce, add your Master Stir-Fry Sauce (shake it up first), balsamic vinegar, ketchup and honey to a large bowl. Whisk well to dissolve.
  3. In a large 10-inch skillet, warm the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the pork, and sear about 2-3 minutes on each side. Work in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Set the pork aside.

  4. Add the garlic, ginger and sliced bell peppers. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes to soften the peppers.
  5. Shake the sweet and sour sauce and then pour into the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, and simmer for 1-2 minutes to thicken the sauce. Add the pork back along with the pineapple. Cook for about 1 minute to allow the flavors to mingle.
  6. Add your sweet and sour pork to a large serving bowl or platter. Garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve with brown rice if desired.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 452 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 1367mg59%
Potassium 949mg27%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 55g61%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 1169IU23%
Vitamin C 175mg212%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.